Great Britain were forced to dig themselves out of a hole in order to win their European qualifier in Durres, Albania, eventually winning 72-69 after a period of overtime.
After looking comfortable in the opening quarter, when eight points from veteran forward Roger Huggins enabled them to establish a 16-11 lead, GB allowed their hosts back into the game - and it was the Albanian long-range shooters that caused the problems.
Sokol Kasmi ignited a 15-7 run with the team's first three-point success of the night, and two more from Florian Miftari and another from Kasmi brought Albania the lead at 32-29.
Britain levelled but threes from Kasmi and Erkand Karaj put the visitors behind again at 49-46 after three quarters.
It was only a powerful last quarter by captain Andrew Sullivan that brought the visitors back in with a chance.
Even then, it took a Nate Reinking three-pointer from all of 35 feet with 3.2 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The extra period belonged to Huggins and Reinking, who scored nine of Britain's 10 points.
The hosts, deflated by Reinking's strike, failed to score a field goal in the first four minutes of the extra period.
The 38-year-old Huggins scored 20 points and took 11 rebounds for Britain, while Reinking and Sullivan added 13 points each.